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1 Benefit and Pension Rates April 2014

2 2 How much money you could get If you are claiming or are thinking of claiming a benefit, you may want to know how much money you could get. If you are already getting a benefit or benefits, you may want to check the amounts you get. This leaflet can help, but it is only a general guide. It provides a list of standard benefits and the basic rates of benefits from April It then sets out some rules on extra amounts payable for dependants, and on how income and savings can affect entitlement to benefits. It does not list all the rules which explain whether or not you can get a benefit, or guarantee that you will get any amount shown. There are other leaflets which provide more detailed information on benefits and you should read these alongside this leaflet. The rules which decide how much benefit you can get can be complicated. We can only work out what benefit, and the amount you may get, when you apply for a benefit. Most rates change in the first full week of the tax year, which will be week beginning 7 April 2014.

3 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 3 Contents 4 Attendance Allowance 4 Bereavement benefits 5 Carer s Allowance 5 Christmas Bonus 5 Disability Living Allowance 6 Employment and Support Allowance 8 Incapacity Benefit 8 Invalidity Allowance 9 Income Support 12 Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 14 Jobseeker s Allowance 16 Maternity Allowance 16 Pension Credit 17 Personal Independence Payment 17 Severe Disablement Allowance 17 Social Fund 18 State Pension 19 Statutory Adoption Pay 19 Statutory Maternity Pay 19 Statutory Paternity Pay 19 Statutory Sick Pay 20 Universal Credit 22 Widow s benefits 23 Winter Fuel Payments 24 Extra amounts for dependants 25 Earnings rules 28 Common rules 30 Benefit cap

4 4 Benefit and Pension Rates Attendance Allowance Higher rate Lower rate Bereavement benefits Bereavement Payment (lump sum) 2, Widowed Parent s Allowance Bereavement Allowance (standard rate) Age-related Bereavement Allowance Your age when your wife, husband or civil partner dies, or when your Widowed Parent s Allowance stops:

5 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 5 Carer s Allowance Carer s Allowance Christmas Bonus A bonus of 10 is paid to those entitled with certain qualifying benefits. However, you will not qualify for the bonus on the basis of State Pension entitlement if you are deferring your State Pension. Disability Living Allowance DLA Care component Highest rate Middle rate Lowest rate DLA Mobility component Higher rate Lower rate 21.55

6 6 Benefit and Pension Rates Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Single person Under 25 assessment phase or over Any age main phase Lone parent Under 18 assessment phase or over Any age main phase Couple ESA (Income-related) 1 Both under One 18 or over, the other under 18 - higher rate Both 18 or over Both under 18 - higher rate Claimant aged 18-24, partner is under Claimant aged 25 or over, partner is under Claimant is main phase, partner is under Claimant is main phase, partner is under 18 - higher rate Contribution-based ESA not listed as it is a single person benefit. 3 A higher rate may be paid where either member of the couple is responsible for a child or, were they not a couple each member would be entitled to Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Jobseeker s Allowance in their own right.

7 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 7 Premiums (income-related ESA) 2 Pensioner premium Single, assessment phase Single, entitled to work-related activity component Single, entitled to support component Couple, assessment phase Couple, entitled to work-related activity component Couple, entitled to support component Severe Disability Premium Single Couple, one qualifies Couple, both qualify Carer premium Enhanced Disability Premium Single Couple Components Work-related activity component Support component Premiums are not awarded in contribution based ESA

8 8 Benefit and Pension Rates Incapacity Benefit Under State Pension age Short-term lower rate Short-term higher rate Long-term basic rate Over State Pension age Short-term lower rate Short-term higher rate Incapacity Age Addition Lower rate 6.15 Higher rate Invalidity Allowance Only applies to claims prior to 13 April 1995 Lower rate 6.15 Middle rate 6.15 Higher rate 11.00

9 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 9 Income Support Personal allowances Single person Aged under Aged 25 or over Lone parent Aged under Aged 18 or over Couple Both under Both under 18 higher rate One under 18, one under One under 18, one 25 and over One over and one under 18 higher rate Both aged 18 or over Dependent children Premiums Family Disabled child Carer A higher rate may be paid where either member of the couple is responsible for a child or, were they not a couple each member would be entitled to Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Jobseeker s Allowance in their own right.

10 10 Benefit and Pension Rates Severe disability (single) Severe disability (couple lower rate) Severe disability (couple higher rate) Pensioner (couple) Disability (single person) Disability (couple) Enhanced Disability (single person) Enhanced Disability (couple) Enhanced Disability (child) Housing costs deductions for nondependants No deductions for non-dependants are made if the customer or partner is: blind or treated as blind getting Attendance Allowance or the care component of Disability Living Allowance for themselves getting the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment getting the Armed Forces Independence Payment The following deductions are made where the nondependant is: In receipt of Pension Credit In receipt of training allowance, full-time student (including students not working in summer vacation) co-owners or joint tenants, patients (for more than 52 weeks) or prisoners nil nil

11 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 11 Aged less than 25 and on IS or income-based JSA or assessment phase rate income-related ESA Aged under 25, entitled to UC and have no earned income Normally living elsewhere A non-dependant in respect of who a deduction has already been applied in Housing Benefit Aged 25 and over and on IS or income-based JSA Any age and in receipt of income-related ESA at main phase rate Aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work Aged 18 or over, in paid work and with a gross weekly income (before tax and National Insurance are taken off) of the following: Less than Not less than 128 but less than Not less than 188 but less than Not less than 245 but less than Not less than 326 but less than Not less than Reduction in benefit for people in work who are on strike nil nil nil nil

12 12 Benefit and Pension Rates Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit The amount paid is based on a person s age and their assessed level of disability on a scale from 20 per cent to 100 per cent. Assessed level Aged 18 and over, or under 18 of disability with dependants 100% % % % % % % % % Constant Attendance Allowance Exceptional rate Intermediate rate Normal maximum rate Part-time rate Industrial Death Benefit Widow s or widower s pension Higher rate Lower rate 33.93

13 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 13 Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance Unemployability Supplement Basic rate Amounts added for early incapacity Higher rate Middle rate Lower rate 6.85 Reduced Earnings Allowance Maximum rate Retirement Allowance Maximum rate 16.60

14 14 Benefit and Pension Rates Jobseeker s Allowance (JSA) Contribution-based JSA Person aged under Person aged 25 or over Income-based JSA Personal allowances Single person Aged 16 to Aged 25 or over Couple With both people aged 16 or With both people aged 16 or 17, payable in certain circumstances With one person aged 16 or 17, and one person aged 18 to With one person aged 16 or 17, and one person aged 25 or over With both people aged 18 or over Lone parents Aged under Aged 18 or over Dependent children 66.33

15 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 15 Premiums Family Disabled child Carer Severe Disability Premium Single Couple (where one person qualifies) Couple (where both people qualify) Pensioner Premium Single person Couple Disability premium Single person Couple Enhanced Disability premium Single person Couple Child Housing costs deductions for non-dependants Amounts are the same as for Income Support. Benefit for people in work who are on strike reduction in benefit 40.00

16 16 Benefit and Pension Rates Maternity Allowance Paid for 39 weeks at a weekly rate equal to 90% of your average gross weekly earnings up to a maximum of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Single person Couple Amount added for severe disability Single person Couple (where one person qualifies) Couple (where both people qualify) Amount added for carers Savings Credit Maximum for single people Maximum for couples Threshold for single people Threshold for couples Housing costs deductions for non-dependants. Amounts are mainly the same as for Income Support. Assumed income For each 500, or part of 500, of capital (for example, savings and investments) you have above 10,000, your entitlement is reduced by 1 a week.

17 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 17 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) PIP Daily Living Component Enhanced rate Standard rate PIP Mobility Component Enhanced rate Standard rate Severe Disablement Allowance Severe Disablement Allowance Age-related additions Higher rate Middle rate 6.15 Lower rate 6.15 Social Fund Sure Start Maternity Grant (lump sum) 500 Funeral Payment specified costs, plus for other funeral expenses (lump sum) up to 700 Cold Weather Payment for the period 1 November 2014 to 31 March

18 18 Benefit and Pension Rates State Pension Basic State Pension rates shown are for full entitlement. Based on your own or late spouse s or late civil partner s National Insurance contributions (NICs) Based on your husband s, wife s or civil partner s NICs Any additional State Pension, also called State Earnings Related Pension or State Second Pension you were getting before April 2014 is increased by 2.7 per cent. Over 80 Pension Paid if you get no State Pension or a State Pension of less than a week at age 80 as long as residence conditions are met Age addition 0.25 Graduated Retirement Benefit Graduated Retirement Benefit unit value Any increments to basic State Pension, additional State Pension, Graduated Retirement Benefit and an inheritable lump sum are increased by 2.7 per cent. Incapacity age addition state pension Higher rate Lower rate Invalidity Allowance (transitional) for state pension Higher rate Middle rate Lower rate 6.85

19 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 19 Statutory Adoption Pay Paid for 39 weeks at a weekly rate of or 90% of your average gross weekly earnings, if that is less. Statutory Maternity Pay Paid for 39 weeks. First 6 weeks are paid at a weekly rate equal to 90% of your average gross weekly earnings with no upper limit. The remaining 33 weeks are paid at a weekly rate of or 90% of your average gross weekly earnings, if that is less. Statutory Paternity Pay Statutory Paternity Pay (Ordinary) Paid for 2 weeks at a weekly rate equal of or 90% of your average gross weekly earnings, if that is less. Statutory Paternity Pay (Additional) Paid for 39 weeks. Paid during the mother s/partner s Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance or Statutory Adoption pay period only. Paid at a weekly rate of or 90% of your average gross weekly earnings, if that is less. Statutory Sick Pay Statutory Sick Pay is paid at a standard weekly rate of

20 20 Benefit and Pension Rates Universal Credit From 29 April 2013, Universal Credit was introduced in certain areas of the country. Universal Credit is a single new payment if you are looking for work or on a low income. Universal Credit will eventually replace: Income-based Jobseeker s Allowance Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Income Support Child Tax Credit Working Tax Credit Housing Benefit For more information go to Universal Credit includes the following: Standard allowance Single claimant aged under 25 Single claimant aged 25 or over Joint claimants both aged under 25 Joint claimants where either is aged 25 or over Child element First child or qualifying young person Second and each subsequent child or qualifying young person per month per month per month per month per month per month

21 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 21 Additional amount for disabled child or qualifying person Lower rate Higher rate Limited capability for work Limited capability for work and work-related activity Carer element Childcare costs element per month per month per month per month per month 70% of the amount paid as charges for relevant childcare up to: Maximum amount for one child Maximum amount for two or more children per month per month Housing Cost element Social Sector tenants: Actual housing costs (excluding ineligible service charges and utility charges), less any under-occupancy deduction. Private Sector tenants: Lower of actual costs or the Local Housing Allowance. Owner occupiers: A flat rate of interest (based on the average mortgage rate published by the Bank of England) applied to loans up 200,000. Under Occupancy Deduction 14% (one room under occupied) 25% (two or more rooms under occupied) Housing Cost Contribution (non-dependants): 68.68

22 22 Benefit and Pension Rates Widow s benefits Widowed Mother s Allowance Widow s Pension (standard rate) Age-related Widow s Pension Based on your age when your husband dies, or when Widowed Mother s Allowance stops. If you started getting this after 11 April 1988 Your age If you started getting this before 11 April 1988 Your age

23 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 23 Winter Fuel Payments The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual lump-sum payment. The qualifying week for 2014/2015 is 15 to 21 September People must have been born on or before 5 July 1952 and meet the eligibility conditions to qualify for the winter of 2014/15. Rates are based on your circumstances during the qualifying week. People aged up to 79 You are the only eligible person in your household 200 You get Pension Credit, income-based JSA or income-related Employment and Support Allowance 200 There is more than one eligible person in your household and you are not getting Pension Credit, income-based JSA, income-related ESA 100 each You live in a care home, and are not getting Pension Credit, income-based JSA or income-related ESA 100 People aged 80 or over You are the only eligible person in your household 300 You get Pension Credit 300 There is more than one person aged 80 or over in your household and you are not getting Pension Credit 150 You live in a care home and are not getting Pension Credit 150 You are the only person aged 80 or over, other eligible people in your household are aged 79 or below 200

24 24 Benefit and Pension Rates Extra amounts for dependants Dependent adults For a wife, husband, civil partner (except in the case of State Pension) or a person looking after children if you are getting any of the following. State Pension on your own NICs Unemployability Supplement Carer s Allowance Severe Disablement Allowance Long-term Incapacity Benefit Short-term Incapacity Benefit if you are under State Pension age Short-term Incapacity Benefit if you are over State Pension age Dependent children With any of the benefits listed above: For the oldest child who gets Child Benefit 8.05 For each other child who gets Child Benefit Not available to new claims starting from 6 April 2003 or later.

25 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 25 Earnings rules Your own earnings If you get Carer s Allowance, you can earn up to 100 (after certain expenses) before it affects your benefit. If you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, you may be able to earn up to 20 or 101 before it affects your benefit If you get State Pension or a Bereavement benefit (including Widow s benefit), you can earn any amount and it does not affect these benefits. But if you also get Income Support, Pension Credit or income-based JSA, anything you earn could reduce these benefits. Universal Credit If you are getting Universal Credit and you start working you will be able to keep some of the money that you earn before the amount of Universal Credit you get is affected. This is called a Work Allowance. Only one work allowance is allowed in one household whichever is the most. Higher work allowance (taking the highest of whichever of the following amounts is applicable) Single claimant Not responsible for a child or qualifying young person 111 Responsible for one or more children or qualifying young persons 734 With limited capability for work 647

26 26 Benefit and Pension Rates Joint claimants Neither responsible for a child or qualifying young person 111 Responsible for one or more children or qualifying young persons 536 One or both have limited capability for work 647 Lower work allowance (taking the highest of whichever of the following amounts is applicable) Single claimant Not responsible for a child or qualifying person 111 Responsible for one or more children or qualifying young persons 263 With limited capability for work 192 Joint claimants Not responsible for a child or qualifying young person 111 Responsible for one or more children or qualifying young persons 222 One or both have limited capability for work 192 When you are earning more than your work allowance, we will gradually reduce the amount of Universal Credit you get paid. We will apply this reduction after all tax, National Insurance and pension contributions have been made.

27 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 27 Other person s earnings Amounts added for dependent adults If a dependent adult lives with you, you will not get extra for them or your benefit will be reduced if they earn more than the amount which applies below. State Pension Long-term Incapacity Benefit Severe Disablement Allowance Unemployability Supplement standard rate One of the above benefits and your extra benefit started before 16 September Carer s Allowance If your dependent adult does not live with you, the limits are as follows. State Pension Short-term Incapacity Benefit if you are under State Pension age Short-term Incapacity Benefit if you are over State Pension age Long-term Incapacity Benefit Unemployability Supplement Severe Disablement Allowance Carer s Allowance 36.10

28 28 Benefit and Pension Rates Amounts added for dependent children This extra benefit may be affected if your husband, wife or civil partner lives with you and is paid more than the following weekly amount: For one child 225 For each extra child add the following to the amount for one child 30 Amounts added for dependants occupational and personal pensions For claims since 26 November 1984, an occupational or personal pension paid to your partner counts as earnings for the purposes of the earnings rules for amounts added for dependent adults and dependent children above. Common rules Some common rules apply to: Income Support Income-based Jobseeker s Allowance, and income-related Employment and Support Allowance. These rules are set out below. Savings rules (also called capital rules) The following limits apply: Upper limit (income-based JSA, income-related ESA and IS) 16,000 Lower limit (income-based JSA, income-related ESA and IS) 6,000

29 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 29 For people living in care homes, the following limits apply: Upper limit (income-based JSA, income-related ESA and IS) 16,000 Lower limit (income-based JSA, income-related ESA and IS) 10,000 Income from capital rules Owning capital may mean you get less benefit. Income-based JSA, income-related ESA and IS If you have capital over 6,000 up to 16,000. For each 250 or part of 250 of capital you have, your benefit is reduced by 1 a week. If you have capital of over 16,000. You cannot normally get these benefits. If you live in a care home, and have capital over 10,000 up to 16,000. For each 250 or part of 250 of capital you have, your benefit is reduced by 1 a week. Universal Credit If you have capital over 6,000 up to 16,000 For each 250 or part of 250 of capital you have, your benefit is reduced by 4.35 per month. If you have capital of over 16,000. You cannot normally get Universal Credit.

30 30 Benefit and Pension Rates Benefit cap There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap. The cap applies to the total amount that you can get from the following benefits: the main out-of-work benefits (Jobseeker s Allowance, Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance except where the Support Component is in payment) Bereavement Allowance Carer s Allowance Child Benefit Child Tax Credit Guardian s Allowance Housing Benefit Incapacity Benefit Maternity Allowance Severe Disablement Allowance Universal Credit, and Widowed Parent s Allowance (or Widowed Mother s Allowance or Widows Pension you started getting before 9 April 2001). The benefit cap can be applied either through Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. The level of the cap applied through Housing Benefit is: 500 a week for couples with or without children and lone parents 350 a week for single adults who don t have children, or whose children don t live with them

31 All amounts are paid weekly unless otherwise stated 31 The level of the cap applied through Universal Credit is: 2,167 per month for joint claimants and single claimants with children 1,517 per month for single claimants who don t have children, or whose children don t live with them.

32 Important information about this leaflet This leaflet is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance. We have done our best to make sure that the information in this leaflet is correct as of April It is possible that some of the information is oversimplified, or may become inaccurate over time, for example because of changes to the law. More information from DWP about benefits and pensions is published online. For benefits information go to For pensions information go to Crown copyright ISBN DWP035 v1.0 (April 2014)

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